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today," plugged up. the blown-out bp well that caused the largest oil spill in u.s. history is finally declared dead. >>> home sweet home. an american hiker jailed in iran for more than a year speaks out. >>> and house arrest. actor randy quaid and his wife in hot water again. actor randy quaid and his wife in hot water again. this time, accus of squatting. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning, i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with mission finally accomplished. bp says a permanent seal is now in place on its blown-out well at the bottom of the gulf of mexico. however, killing the catastrophic well off is a bittersweet victory for gulf coast residents, who fear they'll be battling the effects of the nation's worst environmental disaster for years to come. nbc's jay greg has our report. >> reporter: it began april 20th with a massive fireball and deadly flames cutting through the night air. as the deepwater horizon rig exploded, then collapsed, 11 lives were lost. and oil began to seep into the gulf, the start of the worst spill in u.s. hi
joins us from washington with the latest. good morning, tracie. >> amara, good morning. what to do about taxes? the senate has confirmed what the house said, that this is not going to happen before you go to the polls in november. senate democrats got together, but could not agree on how to move forward. the issue is whether or not to preserve the bush tax cuts for everyone or just for the middle class and let taxes go up on the wealthy. it is a political hot potato headed into november, not one that the democrats now say they want to touch before you go to the polls. however, what they did back, a small business bill, $30 billion, a new fund to help small businesses get loans. this was mainly a democratic issue. the idea here is that if businesses have more cash, they'll hire people, buy equipment, expand and help pull this economy out of a slump. the gop called it a bailout. their plan is their new pledge to america. a government that's too big is something they say they want to get rid of if they are elected in november. they also want to expand tax cuts and several other measures tha
to help put unemployed americans back to work. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with more. good morning to you. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. this is traditionally the day that we celebrate american workers, but today president obama will be telling them to hang on. this afternoon president obama spends labor day with union workers in milwaukee. union leaders say what's traditionally a day of celebration has become a day of frustration for many. >> 11 million people out of work have less to be thankful for than those on wall street that are doing quite well. >> reporter: unemployment creeped up to 9.6% friday, jobs are being created, but not nearly fast enough to employ the millions left jobless in this recession. today and in cleveland wednesday, the president will talk about the slow recovery and urge congress to approve $100 billion in tax breaks for small business. >> that's really what the bottom line is, small businesses are the engine of growth. government doesn't create the jobs. all we do is help train people for those jobs. >> reporter: the unemployment rate could h
it a symbol of hate, asking the u.s. government to step in and for muslims to stay calm. military, political, and religious leaders are among those urging the pastor to cancel the event. >> this act would only call for new hate and violence. >> i am heartened by the clear unequivocal condemnation of this disrespectful, disgraceful act that has come from american religious leaders of all faiths. >> reporter: jones and the dove world outreach center congregation have received hundreds of death threats, and church leaders now carry weapons. >> it's a smith & wesson .40 caliber. >> reporter: and isolated protests launching international concerns of widespread ramifications. leanne gregg, nbc news. >>> well, in ohio yesterday president obama turned up the heat on the republican party, continuing his assault on the gop policies that he says put the economy in a rut in the first place. the president also talked up his own economic plan to prop up the middle class by raising taxes on the wealthy. nbc's steve handelsman has more. >> reporter: in the election-year fight over taxes, president obama nee
a major step toward permanently plugging up the blownout well behind the worst offshore oil spill in u.s. history. for more on that, we go to kristin dahlgren, live in louisiana with more. good morning. >> good morning to you, lynn. day 150 and that relief well that they started drilling shortly after this all started has finally intersected with the mccondo well some 2 1/2 miles below the floor of the gulf. admiral thad allen said that the two wells were connected and that the next step was to pump mud and cement down into that well to permanently seal it off. obviously, great news for people in this area, but really just one step in their recovery. oil continues to wash ashore. and this week, thousands of dead fish. take a look at these pictures. looks almost like a graph grave there. scientists say it was caused by lack of oxygen and it's not uncommon here, but people are asking that the oil disbursants didn't play into that. tony hayward defended bp's safety record this week as he testified in britain. he said there's no need to rethink deep water drilling. meantime, here in louisian
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